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Tufton, Williams will be back in Senate tomorrow, says attorney

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Barbara Galye, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Dr Christopher Tufton and attorney-at-law Arthur Williams who were forced out of the Senate in 2013 will be back tomorrow, says attorney, Wentworth Charles.

Charles and Dr Lloyd Barnett had represented Williams in his challenge against his forced resignation from the Senate.

Speaking on behalf of Tufton and Williams, Charles said the Attorney General Patrick Atkinson today endorsed the judgement that was handed down last week Friday.

READ: Christopher Tufton And Williams Still Senators, Says Attorney General

The Attorney General today advised the President of the Senate that Dr Christopher Tufton and Arthur Williams are still members of the Upper House and are entitled to take their seats.

He made the disclosure at a press conference at Jamaica House.

According to Atkinson, if Ruel Reid and Dr Nigel Clarke attend the next sitting of the Senate they could be regarded as "strangers".

WATCH: Arthur Williams wins Senate seat court battle

Reid and Clarke were appointed in 2013 after the Opposition Leader submitted to the Governor General, undated, pre-signed resignation letters of Dr Tufton and Williams.

Last week, the Constitutional Court comprising Justice Courtney Daye, Justice Marva McDonald Bishop and Justice David Batts ruled that the resignation letters were null and void.

Atkinson says the Governor General did not have a duty to investigate the resignation letters submitted by Holness.

Williams had said that he and Dr Tufton had informed Holness that that they were not resigning.

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